Networking is the most important part of the music industry – and maybe even life. You should probably read How to Win Friends and Influence People. It is a classic for a reason. But if you want to learn some networking skills that apply specifically to the music industry – we got you.
the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.
Networking is essential – it allows us to navigate the industry and acquire jobs based on who we know. But how does it work, you ask? Just like this. You meet one person, they like you, you like them – you keep in touch. They help you find jobs, and you help them find jobs. It’s important who you know, but even more important – who knows you.
The Networking Process
The process is vital with networking. It’s great to focus on what you are doing – but make sure to pay equal and, if not more attention to how you are going about doing it. There is a right and wrong way to do everything, and that is why this industry can be pretty confusing and outright tricky at times.
Grow Your Network
Step one is to meet someone. You can meet someone at a party, at a concert, while traveling, or maybe even while you are working. Wherever it is, you are going to want to grab their contact info. Name, email, Instagram – whatever you feel is the most appropriate way to keep in touch with them.
Maintain Your Network Relationships
After you meet them, you are going to want to keep in touch. Maybe every time this person is in your area, meet up with them for coffee. Or if they live in your area, you can grab lunch or a drink. The goal is just to be friends with people. The business benefits will happen effortlessly. The best way to think about it is always to be on the lookout for what you can do for other people – do not think about what they can do for you.
Help Your Network
If you hear about a job opening that would help your friend. Suggest it to them; the feeling of helping someone else get a job is fantastic. We want to help each other out and be part of each other’s journeys; that is the goal here. It’s essential while you are doing this always to treat people like people – because they deserve it. Do not treat people differently because of what they can do for you. We can all help each other out. Also, don’t be a dick.
It is important to remember that your recommendations reflect directly on you. So if you hear of a job opening, make sure you suggest someone you believe in and trust. If they were to mess it up, that is on you now.
We will continue to talk about networking in every episode as it is the glue that holds the industry together. As always, make sure to listen to the podcast to get all the information you can.